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The rise and fall of a ne'er-do-well–turned–preacher fuels Forrester's promising debut. Waiting to be executed in a Florida prison, Vernon Oliver reluctantly agrees to write his autobiography at the request of his attorney, who hopes to sell it to cover Vernon's legal fees. His story begins 11 years earlier, in 1997, living in an RV park and working for Tabernacle Carnival, a shady Holy Roller church. His girlfriend, Rickie, sells Bibles, and the two are content to mostly get high and play Scrabble until carnival owner Miriam MacKenzie sees epic televangelist potential in Vernon and packs him off to religious boot camp where Vernon meets the actors who will receive his "healing" touch. Soon he's taking the stage in pyrotechnic displays of Jesus-loving fervor, amid cries of blasphemy from other Pentecostal leaders and a crumbling relationship with Rickie. While alternating between Vernon's autobiography leading up to the act that lands him on death row and his life in prison is a structural choice that mostly pays off, the depiction of life in prison suffers compared to the inventiveness of Vernon's life as a sham faith healer. (Feb.)
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You know you�re in for weird ride when a novel begins with a millionaire televangelist recounting his life while sitting on Death Row. Vernon Oliver embodies the notion of rags to riches. Vernon, an Indiana slacker, falls in with an unscrupulous televangelism outfit infinitely more concerned with profiteering and debauchery than expelling demons or saving souls. Vernon�s future mother-in-law, the matriarch of Miracles Incorporated, plucks him from grunt-work obscurity, crowning him king of the spiritual ruse. His Harley-Davidson preacher shtick works, and the money piles up. As Vernon soon discovers, not all that shines is gold. His unstable wife�s condition unravels, precipitating two murders and landing Vernon on Death Row. Miracles, Inc. nicely twines the opulence of Vernon�s working life with the ho-hum existence of incarceration. There are terrible deeds throughout the novel, but they are accompanied by comedy and moments of tenderness. Forrester never explicitly makes this declaration, but the story speaks clearly enough: bad things can befall those who exploit the faith and prayers of others. --Blair Parsons
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Original edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439175586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439175583
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,782,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald Capone VINE VOICE on February 14, 2011
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Vernon Oliver was the hottest, rocking-est, money-making televangelist going, the "biker preacher," riding onto the stage on his Harley, then grabbing his audience by their souls and giving them what they wanted--hope. Of course it was all a sham, the healings staged, but the people were getting what they wanted, they got a show--a rock show, really. They willing handed over their money. Of course this whole carnival known as Miracles, Inc. eventually came crashing back down to earth.

The novel begins with the narrator, Vernon Oliver, telling his story from his cell on death row, the story of how and why he got there. The writing and voice of Vernon grabs you right from the get-go and doesn't let go. The structure of the novel cuts back and forth between his life as a rich and famous faith healer and his solitary jail cell, where he is working on his autobiography, as he marks down the time to his execution. The contrast between the two keeps the story and the tension moving forward. How did Vernon become the face of Miracles, Inc? How did he end up on death row? Is he really guilty? Will he really be put to death at the end?

A great cast of characters is along for the ride: His girlfriend Rickie; Miriam, the woman who runs Miracle, Inc.; Alton, the ex-preacher who is teaching Vernon everything he knows; and the cast of actors who are "healed" by Vernon on stage.

Miracles, Inc. (Simon & Schuster, 2011) is definitely a "page turner," the back and forth of the plot, along with Forrester's deft, clean, tight, well-edited, and engaging writing keeps your nose in the book until you find how it all turns out. This is one hot book, one that would translate into a film very well. Check it out!
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I almost didn't get this book out of the library. No name author and a paperback book. But this is the way books should be written. Unusual setting, unusual twists and turns, and a lot said in a short time. Kept me hooked from beginning to end. Some twists and turns I guessed, but the ending is hard to predict. When you finish you know you've just met one of the best next authors. Should be made into a movie. Read it. You will not be sorry!! It turns out to be in the end, no matter what the setting, what a love story is all about.
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I've never bothered to review a book before but just had to with Miracles Inc as this is one of the most entertaining, well written stories I've read in a long, long time! Like the other reviewers, I really had trouble putting this book down and, after the first night I opened it up, I had to make a pledge to myself not to read Miracles Inc at bedtime again as I read on and on and on. No drifting off to sleep in the middle of this exciting story! Yes, this will be a fantastic movie...hoping it makes it to the big screen sooner than later! Nice work Mr. Forrester...can't wait to read your next book(s)!
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I simply could not put this book down. I am an avid reader and this is one of the best books I have read in many years. This book is so good on so many levels I cannot even begin to put a true description into words. At the heart lies a love story that will captivate both male and female audiences. Great book.
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The pacing in this novel is great. We ping pong from the televangelist on death row to the life that brought him to that place with hardly time to catch our breath.

And yet despite the speed with which events unfold, within each scene Forrester takes his time and we have moments of heartbreaking reflection. One example – early in the novel the protagonist, Vernon Oliver, watches from his death row cell as his neighbor is driven back to the main penitentiary for his execution. Oliver imagines the what the condemned man see as he is driven the countryside of free men and women going about their daily lives. It’s a great piece of writing.
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